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Saturday, 19 September 2009
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Want to be an ethical fashionista? Don't buy any clothes! This provocative statement shows the creative tension between ethics and the fashion industry as a consumer-driven business. I look forward sharing ideas on this double-bind I often find myself in with colleagues from around the world. My workshop this week during the World Congress on Organic Cotton , will be a great platform to discuss it. I hereby proudly introduce the people I have invited to give input on how to boost ethical consumerism.

Clare Lissaman is a director of the Ethical Fashion Forum , a not for profit network focusing upon social and environmental sustainability in the fashion industry. Clare is an independent consultant working on labour standards in global supply chains, helping disadvantaged producers access mainstream markets and exploring the impact of trade on poor communities.

Karin Schreier grew up in Guatemala City and moved to Switzerland in 2004 to do her Bachelor in Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen. During this time she discovered organic and fair trade fashion and was fascinated by it, which led her to write her Bachelor thesis on Consumer Behavior in Ethical Fashion. During the workshop, she will present the outcomes of her study .

Jérôme, with a degree in ESSEC MBA, is a social entrepreneurship expert, focusing on responsible consumption and social reintegration. In 1995, he started his career in a non for profit catering firm reintegrating individuals, becoming CEO in 1998. He is founder of the Brazilian inspired fashion brand TUDO BOM ? which is based on an integral fair trade and organic textile production chain, from raw material to confection.

Frans Prins is director of the grass routes foundation , an organization for creative sustainability with a focus on fashion and design. He recently initiated thekey.to , a new international event for sustainable fashion and lifestyle in Berlin.

Bianca is the CEO of Conscious Planet Media, a sustainable production company based in Chicago, and the Executive Producer & Host of ConsciousLivingTV.com and SoulofGreen.com, two lifestyle shows highlighting the latest in eco-fashion, green travel, and socially responsible business. Through her work, Bianca stays on the cutting edge of all things eco-fashion worldwide.

If you're at WCOC this week, feel warmly invited to join this great group of people on Thursday September 24th from 11:00-12:30. Coming up with new innovations for ethical fashion consumer platforms will be our common goal!

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written by Bibico, October 08, 2009
When people shop they do so because it is a luxury. Ethical fashion can be just as luxurious as other brands - it doesn't have to mean that you can't find a variety of styles. In fact, the quality of the garments is often much better. It's about realising that consumerism doesn't have to be a selfish act, it can benefit others and ethical fashion needs to become a standard, rather than an option.
To see some great designs and beautifully crafted garments at affordable prices, visit: www.bibico.co.uk

This is a controversial view of what "ethical consumerism" means. Quoting Claire Lissaman
written by Veganline.com/news (J Robertson), October 13, 2009
"I don't think you can compare countries. You're just as likely to have a sweatshop down the road here in London in the east end as you are in China, India or Bangladesh. One of the best factories I've come across in the world was in China. One of the worst factories I've come across in the world was in China."

I think this view needs to be challenged because it does not take account of free hospitals, schools, pensions, unemployment pay and a legal system that is paid out of taxes in London factories and does not have to be paid in China. It is a view of a sweatshop that seems to mean "X% worse than the average in the area" and no more. It is a view that you might expect of a trade association for Chinese exporters, but no more.
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written by sylvie, October 14, 2009
I hope all women will join me in boycotting Karl Lagerfeld's perfume and clothes . His comment that no one looks at curvy women is a lot of ****.

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